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'How I beat osteoporosis'

Judi Paxton, 62, talks about her shock at being diagnosed with osteoporosis. "Four years ago I was working as an HR Director. I was stuck in the office day in, day out from eight in the morning till six or seven at night. I never…

'How I beat urge incontinence'

Nurse Debbie Flynn started getting sudden, strong urges to rush to the toilet after the birth of her second child, when she was 34. "It could happen anywhere and at any time. I remember once I was at a petrol station when an uncontrollable urge came…

'How I caught the running bug'

Aimee Albert talks about starting running, running to music, and sharing her running goals on social media. Aimee from Colchester says running to music and sharing her goals on Facebook keep her motivated. When did you first start running? I started running about a month…

'How I learned to reduce my blood pressure'

Caroline Lashley, 55, from London, didn't know she had high blood pressure until it was discovered at a routine health check. She talks about the importance, and the challenges, of lowering her blood pressure through healthy living changes. "When the nurse told me I had high blood pressure…

'How I quit smoking'

Justine Speller, a gardener from London, quit cigarettes with the help of an NHS Stop Smoking group. She kept a week-by-week record of how she achieved it. My smoking diary: week one "I didn't smoke during the day or at home, but after a glass…

'I beat middle-age spread'

Julie Thompson started putting on weight during the menopause. But with a healthier diet and more exercise, she slimmed down from a size 18 to a size 10. When Julie Thompson started the menopause at the age of 42, she was happy with her size and…

'I beat testicular cancer'

Thanks to early diagnosis and successful treatment, footballer Neil Harris beat testicular cancer and was back playing for Millwall FC within months. The striker, known as Bomber Harris, was Millwall's top scorer with 138 goals. In 2011 he signed for Southend and retired in June…

'I blew myself up at festival campsite'

Georgina Chalmers' festival weekend nearly ended in tragedy when a camping gas canister blew up in front of her, leaving her scarred for life. She was attempting to attach a pierceable gas canister to her camping stove, but the two devices failed to connect properly…

'I did 10 diets in 50 days and found one that really worked'

Andy Leeks set out to lose weight by doing 10 diets in 50 days, and found the only one that really worked was the NHS weight loss plan. The father of two came up with the pick-and-mix diet idea to see if it would help…

'I exercise to stay mobile and supple'

Maggie Nicholls, 62, from Exeter, says that for her, exercising is about much more than being physically fit. What's your weekly exercise routine? On a typical week, I'll go to my keep-fit class on a Monday evening after work. On a couple of mornings before…